Fresh from the success of her latest period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kangana Ranaut is set to direct her own biopic.
The actor-director herself confirmed the news in a statement. She said, “Yes, it is true. My own story is the subject of my next directorial. But it is not a propaganda film with characters who are starkly black and white, rather it is a sincere, heartfelt account of my journey so far with plenty of lighter moments. I am emboldened by the love of the people around me, who have never judged me but accepted me for who I am.”
According to sources, the biopic will be written by Baahubali fame KV Vijayendra who also wrote Manikarnika. Kangana added, “Around 12 weeks ago, he (KV Vijayendra) urged me to let him write a film based on my life. I was nervous and wary initially, but then, given his stature and the fact that I trust him implicitly, I gave Vijayendra sir the go-ahead to the project.”
Kangana made her Bollywood debut with 2006 film Gangster, which also fetched her several Best Debut awards. She followed it up with remarkable films like Life in a… Metro, Fashion, Tanu Weds Manu and Queen, winning three National Awards too.
The 31-year-old’s life has, however, been embroiled in several controversies over the past few years. From her alleged relationship and fallout with Hrithik Roshanto her fiery appearance on Koffee With Karan where she ignited the Nepotism debate in Bollywood, Kangana has survived it all.
Her next directorial will also show people who have ended on the wrong side of Kangana Ranaut. The actor said, “How can I show my journey without people. I can’t be walking alone. But we will not be taking any names. The idea is to protect me and my life with all its highs and lows. In the end, it is the story of an achiever, a girl from the mountains who came into Bollywood without any connections in the industry or even a godfather, and went on to carve a niche for herself against all odds.”
Despite Manikarnika courting controversy, the Rani Lakshmibai biopic fared decently at the box office. Kangana has Ekta Kapoor’s Mental Hai Kya and Fox Star Studio’s Panga in her kitty.